Amazon Web Services, the largest cloud based storage and web service company in the nation, experienced high rates of error on Feb. 28.
The problem was centered in the S3, which stores and retrieves data from the web.
At 11:17 a.m., Amazon Web Services tweeted, “S3 is experiencing high error rates. We are working hard on recovering.”
According to data collected by SimilarTech, over 140,000 websites and 120,000 unique domains use Amazon S3. This includes websites like ESPN, Pinterest, BuzzFeed and Netflix.
The AWS twitter account continued to update throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
At 11:57 a.m. AWS tweeted, “For S3, we believe we understand root cause and are working hard at repairing. Future updates across all services will be on dashboard.”
Weber State University felt the effects of the errors too.
Students, staff and faculty experienced slower internet speeds throughout campus.
In general, websites on campus were “noticeably slower than normal” said Alan Lewis, Assistant Systems Administrator at WSU, said.
The developmental math lab at WSU was was also effected. According to Lewis the math lab uses both Pearson and MathXL, which were affected by the S3 error. Students using these programs experienced slower speeds.
Real time updates from AWS can be found on their Service Health Board.